Following last year’s critically-acclaimed five-star production of Macbeth, Stafford Festival Shakespeare will return to Stafford Castle this year with something very special. Stafford Gatehouse Theatre together with Freedom Leisure present: The Merchant of Venice.
This year will be a first as the play has never been performed before at Stafford in the 29 years of the festival. And we will be giving the production a fresh perspective, transporting audiences across the Atlantic to New York during the 1950s.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
By William Shakespeare
'All that glisters is not gold'
Privileged heiress Portia is seeking a husband by unconventional means: a suitor merely has to solve a puzzle to win her hand in marriage. Spendthrift Bassanio longs to be considered by Portia, but is unlikely to impress her, when he is reckless with money. If his close friend Antonio can lend him no more, who else might be willing to, and at what cost?
In this thrilling new production, Shakespeare's controversial masterpiece is transported to 1950s New York, a city where communities are divided by wealth and religion. Featuring the iconic figure of Shylock, one of Shakespeare's most complex characters, The Merchant of Venice is a compelling story of money, love, and prejudice.
Director: Oliver O'Shea
Designer: Lizzy Leech
Composer: Oliver Vibrans
Lighting Designer: Tim Skelly
Sound Designer: Simon Deacon
Movement Director: Patricia Suarez
Production Manager: Richard Goodman
Casting director: Lucy Casson
Props Master: Duncan Hammond
DUKE OF VENICE / PRINCE OF MOROCCO / BARNARDO: David Carr
SALARINA: Rhiannon Clements
NERISSA: Christine Gomes
SHYLOCK: Linal Haft
PORTIA: Jessica Hardwick
LORENZO: James Macnaughton
SALANIA: Paddy Navin
BASSANIO: Alastair Natkiel
ANTONIO: Thom Petty
LANCELOT GOBBO / PRINCE OF ARRAGON: Kate Roche
JESSICA: Isabella Rubin
GRATIANO / TUBAL: Thomas Winter